Fish-Boy by Vanita Oelschlager

I wanted to love Fish-Boy. It’s a re-telling of an Inuit tale and the illustrations are gorgeous. It has several good lessons about acceptance, hospitality and fear. It also shows that people with handicaps can be full contributors to a community. There’s a bit of magic and like in any …

Thursday’s Tale: The Little Red Hen

Amber’s 17 now, so I don’t really have much need to look at little kids books except for Christmas and my nieces’ and nephews’ birthdays, and then I always buy physical books. I just learned today that a bunch of the Little Golden Books I remember as a kid are …

Thursday’s Tale: The Boy Who Wanted the Willies

  Today’s story comes from Folktales on Stage by Aaron Shepherd. The book is a very nice collection of scripts for children. Some were new to me and others familiar. There are funny stories and tales with a moral lesson. The scripts are clear and appropriate for children. If I worked with …

Thursday’s Tale: Magic Words

I love books that expose kids to other cultures, to other ways of looking at this world. Magic Words is a good introduction to the Inuit people. It’s a gorgeous book. I read the eBook, but wish I had the paperback. The illustrations are richly colored and imaginative and invoke …

Thursday’s Tale: Please, Malese! by Amy MacDonald

Today’s Tale is a retelling of a story from Haiti. The back of the book explains that in Haiti, the trickster is known as Malese, derived from the French “malice”. Sometimes Malese is evil and sometimes he is mischievous, but above all, he enjoys taking advantage of people, including his …